While we are all adjusting to the “new normal”, many folks are wondering if anything has changed with recycling. Good news. Collection of trash and recycling is considered an ”essential service” under Governor Baker’s executive order, meaning most trash and recycling services will continue to operate normally, with a few exceptions:
The Department of Public Health has issued an order prohibiting the use of reusable checkout bags at grocery stores and pharmacies until further notice, as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
Essential businesses continuing to operate during this time, including those subject to local bans on single use plastic bags, may choose to use recyclable paper bags, compostable plastic bags or single-use plastic bags. They may not charge customers a fee for these bags.
Plastic bags and plastic wrap should not be included with household recycling. If you are able, please hang onto plastic bags and plastic wrap for future recycling at a drop-off location.
In light of COVID-19, Massachusetts has temporarily suspended enforcement of the requirement for retailers to accept beverage containers that have a deposit. Click here for more info.
Some retailers may still choose to accept deposit containers, but if your local supermarket or grocery store is not, try contacting a redemption center or hold onto your containers until they re-open for container redemption.
You can also recycle these containers through your municipal curbside or drop-off recycling program.
This page was last updated on 4/23/2020 | Learn more about Massachusetts’ public health response to COVID-19